Please ensure you are sending regional
reports and articles of interest to Jeneva so that we can
maintain having the newsletter. There were
reports this last issue. There was good feedback on the last
issue. It has opened some doors since going on-line and
there are other agencies and organizations we could share
this with to garner interest. The next date articles are due
no later by is July 1st for the August issue.
Bi-Laws: Bill F
and Hisami still plan to set a date to edit any bi-laws
language prior to being sent out to the membership.
History and archived minutes are important to maintain for
the future, and to help better orient new members.
Communication needs to be open and ongoing. Pamela and
Hisami started working on the survey we discussed at the
last Board meeting. We need to balance what we provide to
the general public and the benefits we provide our 208
members. A discussion was held over posting active member
names and or information on the website and possible privacy
issues. Part of WCA’s benefits is networking, and to share
member names could work well in this regard. We could also
highlight members in
(Good article idea if someone is looking for one!!
We are still finding that the ACA and
WCA member lists don’t match. Efforts were made to address
this, yet the problem is ongoing. Discussion was held on
ways to obtain and maintain a current active list. We need
to update member contact information as well. Rich will make
a follow up phone call to ACA. Direct payroll seems to be an
issue for some, but not for others. Bill will try to get a
list of DOC staff having membership dues deducted from their
paychecks to compare to the membership lists we get from
ACA. There was
ongoing discussion about what benefits we receive (or not)
as having dual membership w/ACA and how we should be
proactive about touting WCA. We do receive $7 from every ACA
paid membership which provides a steady income to WCA. The
website still shows insurance benefits which ACA cancelled a
long time ago, so these need to be removed asap.
Jeneva will send Peria, Michelle and
Dave the WCA email address and related info to keep current.
No one has been checking the email address for awhile. Dave
will add the email address and “contact us” on the website.
There won’t be a big conference this year or next, but we
have decided to hold two smaller one day conferences this
year, one on each side of the state. The first will be held
in May at the Monroe Correctional Complex. (MCC) Sally is
doing a lot of logistical work to organize the host site to
get this going in a short amount of time. MCC also has a
color guard to provide the presentation of colors.
Tracy provided a draft handout outline
to continue discussion over the details for workshop tracks
and timeframes. Michelle provided a handout to show a
“giveaway” she is negotiating for conference attendees. It
was decided to stick with the theme from the conference we
had planned for last year, to focus on staff since May is
Corrections Appreciation/Pride Week anyway. There were some
great RFP’s submitted last time, and we should take a look
at these first. It was decided to have a few limited
non-profit vendors on site. Michelle will research whether
training credits could be available from conference
There was discussion whether this was
jointly sponsored with other CJ organizations or a
stand-alone WCA event. Each participating organization
should ensure participation in the planning and
implementation process, and those heading it up should be
more open and amenable to offers of help. One idea was to
have non-sponsoring organizations sponsor a specific track
or workshop that might be especially pertinent to their
membership. May 28th was selected as the date at
MCC. Giving the option of pre-registration might be helpful
for traffic considerations and commuters.
Having a membership registration booth set up was
another good idea.
The fall conference will be held in Walla Walla, date
Elections: This position is vacant and this is an
Ballots are required to be sent out in May.
WCA will try to send as many as possible
electronically from updated membership lists.
Jeneva and Michelle offered to work on covering this.
recently held an event at Headquarters honoring Women in
conference in Idaho for 2009 will be cancelled.
fork lift certification programs that are being expanded,
thanks largely to the donation of a fork lift.
Presentation: Dave Swisher presented to the WCA board an
opportunity to sell fireworks for the fourth of July. We
would have a 40’x 60’ stand in the Gold parking lot, across
from the Puyallup fairgrounds.
TNT would provide
the tent, tables, bunting, lights, fencing, & baskets.
We would get 20% of sales. It’s expected that we
would generate at least $4,000 profit.
WCA would split the shifts and profits with NABCJ.
WCA would need to provide labor to staff the stand, after
hours security, cash register, credit card machine (which
can be provided thru Dave at cost) and a generator.
We would also pay $100 for an insurance rider.
Through use of a white board, a preliminary schedule was
Next board meeting
is June 4th. (Thursday)